The weather forecast certainly lived up to its hype today, as temperatures climbed into the low 90s and the humidity made it feel at least five degrees warmer. Water and cool peppermint towels were common sights along the course and walkways of Charlotte Country Club for players, officials and spectators. The players, however, provided a variety of reactions to the steamy conditions.
“I’m really not used to this [heat],” said 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Kristen Park, who played in even warmer temperatures at the Girls’ Junior at The Country Club of North Carolina in the Village of Pinehurst last month. “I’m used to California weather – perfect conditions all year long. I’m not used to this, but I’m trying to adapt.”
Chattanooga’s Brooke Pancake came from another event last week where temperatures simmered in the triple digits, so at least she was somewhat accustomed to the feeling. “It is pretty hard to get used to really humid weather,” she said. “You’re still sweating and having to dry your hands off.”
However, to Thailand’s Junthima Gulyanamitta, the heat was a piece of cake. “It’s hot. It is for me,” Gulyanamitta said with a smile. “But it’s not too bad because Thailand is a lot warmer than this. Still hot, but it’s bearable.” -- Christina Lance